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Officials split on statewide bullying law BY CARMELO CINTRÓN VIVAS CONTRIBUTING WRITER
Gov. Chris Christie signed the New Jersey Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Law one year ago aimed to prevent such acts in all N.J. public schools. Some state legislators and administrators are still divided a year later on the success of the law. The law requires that schools have regulations against bullying, and that schools report acts of bullying to the state. Richard Bozza, executive director of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, said though he is supportive of the law, it remains prescriptive and requires tight timelines. “The goal goes beyond the laws of the school,” Bozza said. “It’s a much bigger issue and needs more hands on deck. The school’s ability to reach into the out-ofschool area is limited.” But at the time of the bill’s signing, Steven Goldstein, Garden State Equality chair and CEO, said the day was a critical civil-rights moment within the state, according to nj.com. “Gov. Christie signed a law that is so different and so much better than antibullying laws that exist elsewhere across the countr y, that it’s stunning,” he told nj.com. Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle, D-37, said there are few opponents to the law, but the language in the law does not explain how to enforce it. Huttle said the law does not provide school districts with specific ordinances or suggest punishments for bullying. In accordance with the mandate, the law gives each district the responsibility to report and evaluate each case, she said.
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Gov. Chris Christie shares his tenative plans to merge Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University. Christie also introduced a proposal for a health professional school in Newark and approved the merger among three medical institutions in New Jersey with the University.
Christie reveals changes for U. campuses BY AMY ROWE ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Gov. Chris Christie announced plans to restructure higher education in New Jersey that would greatly impact the University. He said in a press conference Wednesday that he accepted an advisory committee’s plan to integrate Rutgers-Camden into Rowan University for an expanded South Jersey research university. Christie also said a new medical campus made up of University of Medicine and Dentistry schools like the New Jersey Medical School would be established in Newark. The
school would be called the New Jersey Health Sciences University. He also approved a merger between the University and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the UMDNJ-School of Public Health. “We have missed opportunities and failed to identify long-term strategies for our institutions to grow,” Christie said at the press conference. “We cannot compete in this state with good, but not great, educational institutions at any level.” President Richard L. McCormick said in an email sent to the University community that the UMDNJ-University merger would
help the University become a top-tier research institution. “It offers enormous potential to enhance education in the health sciences and other fields, increase federal funding, create new biomedical companies and jobs, improve access to the latest treatments for state residents and re-establish New Jersey as a global leader in pharmaceuticals and biomedical science,” he said in the email. McCormick applauded the formation of the New Jersey Health Sciences University in the email and said it would make joint research
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Professor finds chemicals to treat type 2 diabetes BY MATTHEW MATILSKY CORRESPONDENT
Ilya Raskin, a plant biology and pathology professor, shares his research on chemicals in blueberries last night on Douglass campus. Some nutrients found in the fruit may help reduce blood glucose levels in humans.
Blueberries could help treat type 2 diabetes, said Ilya Raskin, a University professor of plant biology and pathology. Blueberries contain chemical compounds called bioflavonoids, which lower blood glucose levels in mice and humans, he said yesterday at a Department of Nutritional Sciences lecture on Douglass campus. Bioflavonoids are part of a larger group of plant chemicals called phytochemicals—known for their disease-preventative properties—which Raskin studies. But using blueberries to treat diabetes is problematic because of how much sugar they contain. “We think blueberries are good for you, but there’s a lot of sugar in them,” he said. “We’ve been working on ways to separate the benefits of blueberries from the sugars.” Through technology provided by a company called Nutrasorb, which develops health-boosting food and ingredients from natural chemicals in fruits
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Atheist leader encourages non-believers to unite BY ADAM UZIALKO CONTRIBUTING WRITER
David Silverman, the president of American Atheists, endorsed the atheism philosophy Tuesday night when he spoke to students about the increase of non-believers. During the discussion, hosted by the Humanist Chaplaincy in the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue campus, Silverman said the atheist movement is expanding, but divisions within the movement stunt this growth. “Atheists divide themselves for no good reason,” he said. “Agnostics, secular humanists and so on are all atheists. The best kinds of skeptics are atheists.” Silverman said the March 24 “Reason Rally,” an event sponsored by multiple secular organizations, could help bring together atheists nationwide in Washington, D.C. “We are going to have a secular Woodstock,” Silverman said. “This will be a life-changing event that you will remember forever.” He said it is important to empower atheists to speak out openly and share their beliefs. “One-tenth of 1 percent of the atheist population in this countr y can be considered organized atheists,” he said. “Imagine if we grew that to twotenths of 1 percent.” Silverman said the atheist movement is gaining momentum and cannot be stopped because there are a growing number of
secular views among the younger generations of atheists. “There are atheists that are having babies and raising them in a secular household,” he said. “Add that to the older religious population, which is dying off, and you get a growing atheist movement.” Silverman presented examples of billboards American Atheists had released, reading phrases like “you know it’s a myth.” They were designed in order to make closeted atheists feel like they are not alone. “We are in a fight against religion,” Silverman said, “and we are going to win.” He said atheists, agnostics and secular humanists alike that do not express their views openly should join the movement and share their beliefs to friends and family. “Close the closet door behind you,” he said. “We don’t need it anymore.” Silverman said in order for people to be aware of the movement, it is important to advertise the message both formally and through social media networks. Atheists can use social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus to share their views and give support to atheists who have not shared their beliefs. Silverman said he does not necessarily want to grow the membership of American Atheists. “I don’t really care if you join American Atheists,” he said. “Find an organization that’s right for you, that fits your per-
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sonality, and then donate and volunteer for it.” Luke Fess, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, said he believes more people should be aware of the American Atheists movement. “I thought he was a good speaker,” Fess said. “He brought up a lot of facts I didn’t know, and it should be acknowledged that this kind of movement is happening.” James Palmer, a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student, said he believed in the idea of giving atheists the chance to come out openly about their beliefs.
“David Silverman is a divisive figure for me,” he said. “There were times I was uncertain about what he was saying, but he really sold me on the fact that it’s our goal to allow more atheists to come out.” Palmer filmed Silverman’s presentation to promote the cause. “This can get the Silverman message out there so other secular people and atheists will want to come out,” he said. “Filming it makes it easy to spread across social media.” Another student who attended the event said she did
not believe in some of the ideas of the American Atheists movement. “I think he was just trying to sell his organization and his movement. I think his beliefs are exaggerated, like when he says the movement cannot be stopped,” said Vera Hinsey, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore. Hinsey said she was not convinced of Silverman’s philosophy to embrace atheists. “I think that the more atheists that come out will cause a backlash from the religious population,” she said.
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RUPA HOSTS INDOOR ICE-SKATING RINK, HOT CHOCOLATE BAR Students can stay warm while iceskating today inside Trayes Hall in the Douglass Campus Center. The Rutgers University Programming Association is scheduled to host the second and final session of their indoor ice-skating event from 2 to 6 p.m., where students can ice skate, drink hot chocolate and make blankets. The organization wanted to give students something to do during the first few weeks of spring semester, said Danielle Rochford, vice president of the Traditions and Community Committee for RUPA.
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“This gives them a unique event to do with their friends,” she said. “We ordered these backdrops that show a wintry scene and cover nearly the entire wall of Trayes Hall.” While students are able to ice skate inside, they will not be skating on real ice, said Andrew Zharnest, chair of the Traditions and Community Committee. A special surface with added lubricant is used, and special blades for skating are provided, he said. “It’s more or less like an air hockey table,” said Zharnest, a School of Engineering junior.
The New Jersey Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Law gained momentum after University student Tyler Clementi’s suicide in September 2010, according to nj.com. “The Tyler Clementi tragedy was certainly uppermost in legislators’ minds in acting as quickly and boldly as they did,” Goldstein told nj.com. University spokesman E.J. Miranda said the University has a policy against verbal assault, harassment, intimidation and defamation. The University has included bullying in the student conduct policy since June 2011, he said. “[The bullying report] would depend on whether the student felt their safety was threatened,” Miranda said. Intolerance, bigotry and bullying are deemed unacceptable at the University, according to the “University Student Life Policy Against Verbal Assault, Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying and Defamation.”
anti-bullying since June 2011 continued from front Huttle said the responsibility of reducing acts of bullying is within the hands of teachers and parents. There is a school in New Jersey’s Westwood Regional School District where a tree was planted outside called the “ribbon tree,” she said. Instead of using mean words, the students are encouraged to do good deeds to earn ribbons. “In October, I visited the school, and there were around 10 or 12 ribbons on the tree,” Huttle said. “I recently returned to see the tree full of ribbons.” She said having a zero-tolerance policy for bullying involves training educators on how to promote a positive school and social environment. “Kids cannot stay at home because of the fear of bullies,” Huttle said. “We are trying to save both the bullied and the bully with this.”
Ricky Kara, a Rutgers Business School junior, said skating on the indoor rink is different from skating on ice. “It felt weird because I was so used to regular ice,” he said. Rochford, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, said she heard about the company that built the ice-skating rink from The Daily Targum. “The ice company brings the materials in with panels. They bring it in pieces and piece it together,” Rochford said. “They put a chemical on top of it so students can skate.”
“This community is expected to be sufficiently tolerant of others so that all students are free to pursue their goals in an open environment, able to participate in the free exchange of ideas and able to share equally in the benefits of our educational opportunities,” according to the policy. Gabriel Hidalgo, a School of Arts and Sciences sophomore, said an anti-bullying law should do more than zero-tolerance. “This law is too broad and tries to cover too many actions,” he said. “Elementary school kids will have their disciplinary record marred for unnecessary reasons. That is not the way to tackle social issues.” Bozza said he hopes the law’s sponsors will listen to concerns voiced throughout the state to make the appropriate adjustments. “We’re not worried about the toughest [law],” he said. “We’re worried about the most effective.” — Saskia Kusnecov tributed to this story.
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No more than 40 people can be on the rink within a half-hour time period, she said. The committee’s adviser, Carey Loch, came up with the idea in September to have an indoor ice-skating rink, Rochford said. RUPA will also have hot chocolate, she said. Dunkin Donuts provided the chocolate, whipped cream and marshmallows for the event, which opened yesterday.
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unique to the science world, but he is not sure they are the study chemicals found in fruit best specimens for research in this case. “I raised the issue because I continued from front don’t think we know if the mouse and vegetables, Raskin used is diabetic,” he said. soy protein isolate — a highly Paul Breslin, a University refined or purified form of soy professor of nutritional sciprotein — to separate the ences, said many scientists fruit’s beneficial nutrients and study the health benefits of make it into a paste, he said. phytochemicals, but in a way The paste can be absorbed into unlike Raskin’s. smoothies, cereal and other For Raskin to incorporate snacks without affecting flavor. technologies like Nutrasorb, “Blueberr y-growers have which trap these chemicals in done tremendous [work with] safer ways, is more expansive scientists,” he said. “Their effect than what most scientists do, is more than just antioxidants.” he said. Raskin studied mice that Breslin also praised Raskin were fed a diet high in fat and for a program he helped the sugar until they University estabgrew over weight lish in 2004, the and developed Global Institute “A lot of people insulin resistfor BioExploration studied blueberries (GIBEX), that ance. This condition is associated people all and diabetes, and sends with type 2 diaover the world to there have been betes, where the teach others how body fails to conduct clinical trials done.” to eliminate sugar research similar from the bloodto his for their ILYA RASKIN stream properly. own purposes. University Professor of When Raskin “The last par t Plant Biology and Pathology fed the mice the of his talk is realbioflavonoids, he ly amazing in said their blood sugar dropped that he’s tr ying to give people dramatically and insulin sensithe technologies to take their tivity increased. Raskin said own plants and their own techmany researchers have pernique and make biomedical formed similar tests in humans. discoveries on their own,” “It can definitely [help diaBreslin said. betes]. A lot of people studied GIBEX equips locals blueberries and diabetes, and with innovative and cheap there have been clinical trials dr ug-discover y tools to suit done,” he said. the needs of a given countr y, Raskin’s colleagues who Raskin said. watched his presentation met The program focuses on his ideas with both appreciation the practice of “bioprospecting,” and skepticism. or searching for useful com“What he’s doing is isolating pounds in plants without removsomething, but more importanting any natural resources, ly identifying something that Raskin said. works,” said Malcolm Watford, a “The whole idea of GIBEX professor in the Department of was to absolutely change the Nutritional Sciences. idea of bioprospecting,” he said. Watford said Raskin’s treat“I think it’s growing much faster ment with extracts on mice is than I can manage it.”
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“Rutgers has invested a lot in South Jersey and wants to see it grow,” said Cordeiro, a School of University acquiring UMDNJ Arts and Sciences senior. “I don’t think the students, faculty and continued from front staff want [the merger].” Ellen Taraschi, a School of opportunities with RutgersArts and Sciences junior, said the Newark possible. merger might affect students’ But he said integrating the decisions to enroll at the school Rutgers-Camden campus into in Camden. Rowan would require a thorough “I think Rutgers is definitely a discussion and the University’s brand, and people attending or Board of Governors’ and Board planning to attend Rutgersof Trustees’ consent. Camden are being short“Rutgers has made a significhanged quite a bit,” she said. cant commitment to South “Rowan will no longer be Rowan Jersey, which is part of our but part of the University of pledge to serve the entire state South Jersey, so Rowan is going and is intrinsic to our role as ‘The to lose its name, too.” State University of New Jersey,’” Joe Cardona, a Rowan he said in the email. spokesman, said the plan to Some Rutgers-Camden faculmerge the schools has no deadty and students are unhappy with line or guidelines yet, but the proposed combination of Christie is working with Senate their campus and Rowan. President Stephen Sweeney, D-3, Matt Paterno, a University to get it moving. College-Camden junior, said If the legislature does not losing the University name inter vene within the next would hurt the city of Camden 60 days, the plan will go into and the school. effect. The creation of a large “Rutgers-Camden is essenstate research institution would tially the crown jewel of include Rutgers-Camden, Camden,” said Paterno, a stuRowan’s Glassboro campus and dent member of the University satellite Camden S e n a t e ’ s campus, and the executive com“Rutgers has Cooper Medical m i t t e e . School of Rowan “[Camden] is invested a lot University, which known for its ecois under connomic and social in South Jersey struction. decay. When you and wants Some students have Rutgers are more in favor University, you to see it grow.” of the University have a worldMATT CORDEIRO acquiring a medrenowned, prestiRutgers University Student ical school. gious place Assembly President Cordeiro said [where] people the University has feel good to be.” a lot to gain from J e n n a merging with RWJMS, the Cantarella, president of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey Rutgers-Camden Student and the UMDNJ-School of Governing Association, said she Public Health. has never seen the students, “The medical school was staff, faculty and alumni more once part of Rutgers. It’s right united on an issue than remainin the city, and there are ing a part of the University. already a lot of joint programs,” “We strongly want to stay part he said. “More faculty and stuof Rutgers University. Students dents are welcoming this choose Rutgers because it is change. Robert Wood Johnson Rutgers,” said Cantarella, a generates more money than Camden College of Arts and the other [schools] in the Sciences senior. “We are proud UMDNJ system, like University to be part of the state research Hospital in Newark.” university, and we hope to Farah Benarba, a School of remain a part of it.” Environmental and Biological Adrienne Eaton, a labor Sciences senior, said the studies professor and president merger would improve the of the American Association University’s reputation. of University Professors“It’s about time Rutgers American Federation of finally got a medical school. Teachers, said in a statement We are one of the few public that Rutgers-Camden faculty state universities in the counmembers do not see how tr y without one,” she said. “I the state will benefit from jointhink it’s a win-win for Rutgers ing Rowan. and UMDNJ.” “The loss of the Rutgers Pamela Chin, a School of Arts brand name for South Jersey and and Sciences senior, said the the unnecessary costs of merger University should have a medical would do more harm than good,” school as a state university. she said in the statement. “[The Newark schools] will be “Consortium and collaboration more consolidated and will be would better serve South Jersey able to be better organized and in both the short term and the focus on a couple schools rather long term.” than stretch out,” she said. “Of Some students on the New course, [UMDNJ] will be losing Brunswick campus are also its more developed and stronger opposed to Camden splitting programs, but this way other from the University. areas of Newark can be improved, Matt Cordeiro, president which is in great need.” of the Rutgers University Student Assembly, said he is — Anastasia Millicker conagainst Rutgers-Camden and tributed to this story. Rowan merging.
RESIDENTS OF 26TH DISTRICT ELECT WIDOW OF FORMER ASSEMBLYMAN TO SERVE STATE Betty Lou DeCroce was elected last night to serve the 26th district in the New Jersey Assembly. Betty Lou DeCroce, widow of former Assemblyman Alex DeCroce, RMorris, ran for her husband’s seat against Larry Casha, former Kinnelon councilman, and won the position. “As I reflected on all of these things in the days following his death, I made the decision … to follow Alex’s example of public service and seek the opportunity to run for the State Assembly vacancy in the 26th Legislative District,” Betty Lou DeCroce told Politicker NJ. Alex DeCroce, 75, collapsed and died in a bathroom in the Statehouse Jan. 9, after the close of the 214th legislatures final voting sessions, according to nj.com. Betty Lou DeCroce, 59, will resign from her position at the state Department of Community Affairs. “I entered this race because I have deep roots in this community,” she said in the article. “I believe in lower taxes, less spending and smaller, less intrusive government.” Casha told nj.com if elected, he would not compromise his principles or lean to the will of party leaders. Rather, he would fight alongside Gov. Chris Christie and reflect his Republican views. Betty Lou DeCroce said that she would continue to run despite several Republican endorsers flocking to her opponent. “I look forward to earning support with a determined campaign that aims to win the trust of Republican County Committee Members in Essex, Morris and Passaic Counties, as well as all of the hardworking families, business owners and taxpayers who call our district their home,” Betty Lou DeCroce told Politicker NJ. Casha, who previously ran for the seat in 2007, remembered Alex DeCroce as a mentor and friend. The seat was left unoccupied when Alex DeCroce died earlier this month. Sen. Joe Pennacchio, R-26, reflected on Alex DeCroce and his lifetime before voting. He was “an ordinary man who did extraordinary things,” Pennacchio said in the article. “Alex used politics for the betterment of the men and women he served,” he said.
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Survey counts local homeless numbers BY TERRENCE HUIE CONTRIBUTING WRITER
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Local firefighters attended a wake service in Edison Tuesday night for former Hopelawn Fire Company Chief Bruce Turcotte. Volunteer firefighter Turcotte died last week at the scene of an arson fire in Menlo Park Terrace.
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Non-profit organization Coming Home of Middlesex County, Inc. conducted their annual Point-inTime/Project Homeless Connect survey yesterday, using three locations across the county to measure the local homeless population. Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick, the Salvation Army in Perth Amboy and the Woodbridge Housing Authority in Woodbridge were open for homeless individuals to complete the survey and receive articles of clothing and food, said Bridget Kennedy, Social Services deputy of Middlesex County of Human Services. Eileen O’Donnell, chairperson of Coming Home of Middlesex County, Inc., said by structuring the survey around these areas and sur veying them directly through the shelters, the foundation could gather accurate data. “[The survey will] increase the infrastructure by institutionalizing the collection of data and systemizing it,” O’Donnell said. With the participation of the three organizations in this year’s survey, an efficient collection of data would be gathered, said Thomas Seilheimer, executive director of the Middlesex County Department of Human Services. “We have help in good numbers to present a rational effort in thoroughly recording the homeless population,” he said.
Although the survey aims to produce numbers with the highest accuracy, past editions indicate that volunteers were unable to reach a majority of the local homeless community. “In 2011, 946 homeless individuals were surveyed in Middlesex County, but when they applied an extrapolation formula for the rest of the year, they estimated a total of 1,716 homeless men, women and children,” O’Donnell said. Seilheimer said even though the national percentage of homeless people has fallen, New Jersey recently experienced an increase in its statewide homeless population. “It is down 1 percent nationally, but up 7 percent in New Jersey,” he said. “We have been adversely impacted by the economy, making the already expensive cost of living and renting houses or apartments increase more than in other states.” At the three sites where the survey was conducted, medical assistance was offered to the homeless individuals in addition to clothes and food, Seilheimer said. “At some of the locations they will not just get you a nice pair of fresh warm socks, but even dental hygiene supplies donated by the New Jersey Dental Association, or an eye exam administered by the New Jersey Department of Human Services Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired,” he said. Donna Brightman, executive director of the Woodbridge
Housing Authority, said there would also be other incentives for the homeless to fill out the survey. “They will receive a box lunch donated from Chick-fil-A in Woodbridge Mall, ... soup and bagels donated from Knot Just Bagels on Main Street in Woodbridge and a haircut if they want one,” she said. Volunteers also made use of a strategy known as the “street outreach program,” where an effort is made to locate the homeless individuals who did not come to any of the sites and include them in the survey, Kennedy said. “Some of the [homeless people] that come in know that there are others who won’t come in for the meals,” she said. “They lead our volunteers to the other people so we can complete the survey.” Kennedy, who has worked on the sur vey in the past, said the turnout was greater for this year’s edition due to the warmer temperatures. “Last year was a disaster because of the weather,” she said. “Luckily, the weather was better this time.” Coming Home, Inc. was created to find solutions to reduce homelessness in the country by providing support for people at risk of losing housing. The nonprofit organization offers rent and utility assistance, a landlord-tenant help line to ward of house evictions, and education and job training among other services.
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Occupy New Brunswick will have their second protest at the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 25 Kirkpatrick St. at 4 p.m. The protest is to demand that the officers involved in the Sept. 22 death of Barry Deloatch be charged before a grand jury.
As part of their “Hub City Carnivale”, a four-week long festival that takes place from Jan. 27 to Feb. 24, the State Theatre at 15 Livingston Ave. in New Brunswick will present The Temptations and The Four Tops as a double-feature at 8 p.m. Both groups will include original members. Prices range from $25-$80. Piscataway’s Inflatable indoor playground “Pump it Up” will host a fundraiser from 6-7:30 p.m. for the nonprofit organization Pajama Program. Admission fees are $10 per child, with half the proceeds going toward new pairs of pajamas for underprivileged children. “Pump it Up” is located at 145 Ethel Road in Piscataway. Occupy New Brunswick will hold its general meeting at 7 p.m. Previous meetings included discussions of topics such as the Barry Deloatch case, foreclosures and encampment working groups. The meeting will be held in the New Labor building at 103 Bayard Street in New Brunswick. Raices Cultural Center will host an open mic event called “Speak Your Truth.” Attendees are invited to participate with singing, dancing and poetry. Admission fee is $5, and sign-ups to perform begin at 7:30 p.m.
Young Israel of East Brunswick will host a talk by Alan Veingrad, former member of the Super Bowl XXVII champion Dallas Cowboys, at 11:15 a.m. Veingrad, who became a Torah-observant Orthodox Jew after retiring from football, will speak about the events of his postNFL life that led him to the Jewish tradition. Brunch will be served at 10:30 a.m. Admission fees are $10 per person and $35 per family for the early-bird special, and $15 per person and $40 per family at the door. Young Israel of East Brunswick is located at 193 Dunhams Corner Road, East Brunswick.
The Pines Manor will host the second annual Cooked and Uncorked Food and Wine Festival, an event that will bring together culinary items from more than 39 N.J. restaurants, caterers and dessert shops. The festival will also contain The Ultimate Fire Department Cook-off, a cooking competition between firefighters from around New Jersey. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at 2085 Route 27 in Edison. To order tickets, contact Beverly Foster at (973)-322-4344.
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rought with historic protests, events of the past year meant both good and bad for causes of individual and national freedoms alike. Movements around the world have awakened entire nations and resulted in as many instances of democratic achievement as there were instances of repression. Similarly, U.S. protests against corporate greed have shed light on a growing struggle to increase national safety while ensuring individual civil liberties. With each demonstration, it seems that the former may only come at the forfeiting of the latter. Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that supports freedom of the press and information, recently released the Press Freedom Index 2011/2012, a report that compares the treatment of journalists across the globe. For countries like the United States and Egypt, the targeting and mistreatment of journalists by police forces and government have driven the countries down in standing. The United States fell 27 places, according to the index. For the student journalists here at The Daily Targum, the report is of concern. But the news should be equally concerning for a nation of people who pride themselves on their supposed abundance of freedoms and civil liberties. As a country regarded by many as among the freest in the world, it’s upsetting that the United States is bound up with countries that have consistently received low press rankings. The ill-treatment of journalists during the Occupy Wall Street protests and the country’s fall in ranking is, we believe, perfectly in line with the curtailing of many other freedoms over the past several years. From legislative measures like the Patriot Act, to the attempted infringement on Internet freedoms through bills like the Stop Online Piracy Act, U.S. officials have quietly tried to chip away at liberties that have helped to define a nation and its people for years. Benjamin Franklin, who himself once worked as a journalist and publisher, wisely said, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Such sentiments are often tossed around with little reflection, but these words may be more appropriate than ever. Franklin acknowledged that nations’ excessive pursuit of national safety must come at the cost of the freedom of its people. An individual’s well-being does not have to mean comprising this freedom.
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he New Brunswick Police Department hopes that the reintroduction of a volunteer-based police auxiliary unit would improve relations between the community and the department, said Sgt. Scott Gould, supervisor of the Community Outreach Unit. Though we admire the department’s attempt to repair ties with its city’s residents, we’re not so sure that giving inexperienced members of the community the ability to patrol the streets is the best way to reach this goal. Under the program, volunteer members would patrol the city’s parks and streets alongside officers, Gould said. The program’s short training period is just 14 weeks, and it has surprisingly low eligibility requirements — applicants require little more than a high school diploma or GED and a valid N.J. driver’s license to enter the unit. We think granting this level of authority and responsibility to individuals who have had little to no experience in law enforcement could be dangerous. Volunteer training would include topics in traffic control, patrolling rules, city laws and handcuffing methods. But the fact remains that these individuals, who have only gone through 14 weeks of training, may be expected to share responsibilities with regular officers. Since allegations of police misconduct have surfaced, what can we expect from individuals with such little training? Many have questioned the position the NBPD occupies in the local community over the past two years, so it’s understandable that officers would want to brighten the department’s image in the eyes of its city’s residents. A Middlesex County grand jury indicted former NBPD Sgt. Richard Rowe yesterday on multiple charges that were first brought to light last March. And controversy over two city officers’ involvement in the shooting and killing resident Barry Deloatch on Sept. 22 sparked a series of community protests that have not yet subsided. Though these examples may be isolated incidents, the events still bring attention to the integrity with which the department conducts its affairs. If the NBPD wishes to improve community relations, there are ways to do it outside the reinstatement of the volunteer-based unit. By talking to residents and cooperating with neighborhood watches, the NBPD could interact with the community on a more personal and effective level. A greater level of transparency and communication between the two parties is key, and will encourage residents to view the actions of officers not as infringements on their privacy and freedom, but as necessary means for ensuring their safety. It is important for the NBPD to keep strong relations with the community, but the responsibilities of a law enforcement official should not be shared with those of an ordinary citizen.
QUOTE OF THE DAY “The best kinds of skeptics are atheists.” David Silverman, president of American Atheists, on atheist philosophy and the increase in non-believers STORY IN UNIVERSITY
Dishonesty has place in society
was in grade school when ually late to everything. For I first learned what it the most part, this is because meant to tell a “white lie.” I try to jam more tasks into The girls where I grew up my schedule than I am socialized with each other by humanly capable of accomhosting play dates and group plishing, and so when I am a sleepovers. At that point in our few minutes late, I generally lives, our parents were in comCOURTNEY SHAW have a good reason for it. plete control of our schedulBut there are also times ing, so it was my mother who when I dress and undress would communicate whether I would attend these twice, even though the clock is ticking, because I’m events. Sometimes I had a ballet recital that night, or not satisfied with my outfit. In those cases I am far piano lessons, or was at my Dad’s house that weekmore likely to tell my professor the buses were behind end, and sometimes I just didn’t want to go. In that last schedule than admit I couldn’t find my second zebra case, my mother would invariably still tell the other print stiletto. parent that I had a concert or a recital or that I was The two cases are different. One lie serves to spare with my father. When I caught on to this, I asked her your friend’s feelings while the other only serves to why she didn’t just tell them that I didn’t feel like it that protect your reputation. I believe tact is important, and day. She explained that it was easier to just say I had a I also believe that sometimes it is OK to cover up a previous engagement. What if, she asked, one of these small lapse in judgment — such as making yourself girls found out I had snubbed her? It might give the late to class — with a fib. However, I also think that impression that I didn’t like her, which would be rude. either kind of lie can be very dangerous. It was better, she said, just to tell them I suspect this impulse to lie comes a “white lie.” from the difference between who we “What is it, though, I accepted her logic, but even at are and how we hope others perceive that prompts most the time I was skeptical. Of course I us. We hope to give the impression didn’t want to seem rude — but was it that we are a certain kind of person, of us to make inherently rude of me to not want to to construct a certain image of ourplay? I don’t think so. Did my mother excuses rather than selves. Sometimes, I think this is justhink I was rude for not wanting to tified — everyone makes mistakes tell the truth?” play, and therefore felt the need to lie and has shortcomings, and it is not about it? Maybe, but again I don’t always necessary to disclose them to think so. Why, then, did we need to other people. Sometimes, we lie so lie? It bothered me, and it’s bothered me ever since. that we can avoid letting the worst parts of our natures Yet, I still picked up the same habit of telling these determine who we are. If you have a thought you “harmless” lies. In a world of social interactions, they would not be proud to express, I think you are justified can seem like a necessity. Some applications are in fibbing to keep it to yourself. indeed purely for the sake of politeness. If you can’t The slippery slope, though, is that white lies, being stand your friend’s favorite brother, and she invites so small, may start to seem insignificant to you too. you to join them for dinner, I bet you are more likely When you become comfortable avoiding the truth, it is to say “Sorry girl, I already have plans tonight,” than easy to stop holding yourself accountable for anything. “Hell no, I’d rather do anything other than spend time And when that happens, if there are no consequences with that guy.” I don’t mean to suggest it would be best to avoiding reality by telling lies, we are in real trouble. to let her know all of your thoughts on her brother’s So I’m not asking you to stop telling white lies character. What is it, though, that prompts most of us entirely — I don’t think it can be done in the social to make excuses rather than tell the truth? Here, it’s world in which we live. I do hope you always feel a bit because you don’t want your friend to know that you guilty about it, though. If lying becomes just as easy as dislike her brother and you also don’t want to spend telling the truth, both the words and the sentiments time with him, so you tell a lie to extract yourself from they express lose their meaning. the situation delicately. The truth might have been offensive, whereas the lie kept things smooth in your Courtney Shaw is a School of Arts and Sciences relationship with your friend — it’s a question of tact. senior majoring in English and history with a minor There is another kind of white lie, though, that is in French. Her column, “Miss Conduct,” runs on used equally often but is far less justifiable. I am habitalternate Thursdays.
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Civil disobedience fosters change Letter DANIEL DUFFIELD hile I consider myself liberal-minded in most areas and would usually think twice about speaking up in defense of somebody as conservative as Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., I feel the editorial board mischaracterized the incident involving his refusal of a secondary search by the Transportation Security Administration. Yesterday’s editorial in The Daily Targum entitled “Rand Paul’s actions set poor example” unjustly states Paul “may think because he is a senator, he can use his political power to exempt himself from such obligations.” There is no evidence offered to base this conclusion on. I feel it is safe to assume that Paul knew — as do most people who have flown in the United States in recent years — the quickest way through a security checkpoint is to cooperate with security agents. He, therefore, must also have known that a refusal of a secondary search
would only delay him and that an attempt to get around the security checkpoint would be fruitless. Recognizing Paul’s history as a libertarian-minded legislator would more reasonably lead us to the conclusion that while he was probably leveraging his influence and visibility as a senator, he was most likely doing so not to circumvent the law, but to highlight an onerous security procedure. Additionally, I would like to admonish the editorial board for implying that disobeying authority sets a bad example. To the contrary, justified civil disobedience — as I believe this case exemplifies — is one of the most important tools we have as citizens, both for preserving our God-given rights and for affecting the societal changes we deem necessary. Paul exercised his right to refuse a patdown, and as a result, the TSA exercised their right to deny him the service of air travel. Daniel Duffield is a School of Engineering graduate student.
Daily review: laurels and darts As the 2012 presidential election approaches and candidates continue down the campaign trail, it’s important that voters know exactly what’s fact and what’s fiction. So when politifact.com, a project that fact-checks statements by politicians, mischaracterized a statement from President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, it’s unsurprising that the organization has since received criticism. During his speech, the president described both the damage done to the economy and the job increases that followed. Politifact took issue with this, claiming that he “went too far when he implicitly credited his administration policies” for the growth. However, critics argued that he was simply stating the facts and not, in fact, crediting the successes to his administration. The organization has since changed their ruling on the truthfulness of the quote. We give Politifact a dart for inaccurately assessing the statement. *
Following the debut of George Lucas’ film “Red Tails,” the University saluted its own Tuskegee Airman. William Neal Brown, who went on to become one of the first African-American faculty members at the University, first served during World War II with the famous airmen who are featured in Lucas’ film. Serving from 1940 to 1946, the Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States, flying missions as bomber escorts in Europe and painting the tails of their aircraft red — the origination of the name “Red Tails.” The pilots were known for overcoming racial discrimination during a time when much of the country was segregated. Before his death, Brown was among the 300 surviving Tuskegee Airmen who attended Obama’s 2009 inauguration. We give Brown and his fellow airmen a laurel.
COMMENT OF THE DAY “Have you ever even heard of Austrian Economics or the Austrian Business Cycle Theory? No, probably not. That's why I blame our Economics department.” User “Scotty Business” in response to the Jan. 24 column, “Ron Paul’s ideas show no logic”
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LOSS: Knights struggle in post with Biruta in foul trouble continued from back “It’s extremely frustrating because you’re working every day on the same stuff,” Biruta said. “We have to get better, and we don’t.” The beneficiary was a team familiar with the bottom rung of the Big East standings. The Blue Demons’ lone prior conference win was against Pittsburgh, who before last night was winless in league play. Long a conference afterthought, DePaul continues to give Rutgers fits. It narrowly lost to the Knights last season in Chicago, despite the Knights’ one turnover. Rutgers did not fare better a year later, even despite its shiny new toys — namely a retooled roster and renewed confidence.
KNIGHTS: Rutgers tries for successful Senior Day meet continued from back With the challenge in front of his team, Spiniello witnessed a renewed energy in practice that makes him confident his squad can bounce back from consecutive losses. “They have been focused and want to end the dual-meet season on a positive note,” Spiniello said. “They are fired up to send the seniors out on a winning note, and the energy is high.” For the Knights to come out of the home meet with another win on their record, Spiniello looks to sophomore Nicole Scott to lead the way. The young diver enters the meet off a strong showing last
“From last year, we lost our senior players, who were consistent,” Bir uta said. “They were more mature. We had somebody to look up to. And right now, we probably miss somebody that we have to look up to.” Rutgers and DePaul combined for 17 first-half giveaways, compared to 22 combined field goals. They turned the ball over, botched tip-ins and did little to establish consistency. The backand-for th swings favored DePaul early, but the Blue Demons often snatched defeat from the jaws of victor y. “I can point to 25 different instances where our guys didn’t stay the course, didn’t follow the formula,” Rice said. “When that happens, there’s a small margin of error.”
weekend, when she swept both 1and 3-meter dive events against Richmond. Spiniello has faith that his divers will deliver and knows this
LATARIAN MILTON is a great chance for them to continue to improve their techniques. “I’m looking for the divers to focus on the details and fine-tune their dives,” Spiniello said. “I
There was little doubt two traditional Big East also-rans took the floor last night in Piscataway. The Blue Demons claimed the unenviable title as the last team standing, but little else. The victor y was a consolation prize. Rutgers gift-wrapped it nicely. And yet the Knights nearly boasted their best conference start since the 2003-04 season — four days removed from a 2-point loss to No. 9 Georgetown. For now, Rice will take away what he can. But it likely will not help him breathe easier during late nights at the RAC. He really does not have much choice. “A night like this, I wanted to scream at all of them,” Rice said. “And I had a right to scream at all of them for one reason or another.”
want to see them do the best job that they possibly can.” Following their tri-meet, the Knights have 12 days before they head to Pittsburgh for the Big East Championships. Spiniello believes his team is prepared. “We’re focused and ready to go [for the Big East meet],” Spiniello said. “The energy for that meet is growing every day we get closer.” For now, Spiniello’s main concern is making sure his team performs well in the confines of its home venue. “We haven’t been here since November, so it’s good to be home,” Spiniello said. “To be back in front of the home crowd in our home pool will be a good way to end the dualmeet season.”
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utgers football wide receiver Mohamed Sanu announced yesterday via Twitter that he will participate in the NFL Combine. Sanu joins defensive end Justin Francis and offensive lineman Desmond Wynn as other Scarlet Knights at the combine. Sanu is projected to be the first Knight drafted this year, expected to come off the boards within the first two rounds. Before announcing he would forgo his senior year, the FirstTeam All-Big East wideout finished his final collegiate season with 115 receptions for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns.
RUTGERS WOMEN’S soccer center back Shannon Woeller will compete with the Canadian Women’s National team for the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying semifinal tomorrow against Mexico. All-American and former Scarlet Knight Carli Lloyd scored a hat trick against Mexico on Tuesday to help the U.S. team clinch a spot in tomorrow’s semifinals. The United States takes on Costa Rica after going 3-0-0 in group play and outscoring opponents by a total score of 31-0. Woeller and Team Canada reached the semifinals by winning all three games and outscoring opponents, 13-1. The winners of the semifinal matches clinch a spot at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. THE NFL EXTENDED commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract through the 2018 season. Goodell took over in 2006 for Paul Tagliabue. His original five-year contract was extended in 2009, and the new extension runs through March 2019. The 32 teams rewarded Goodell after one of the league’s most successful seasons, even though a four-month lockout preceded the season. The 52-year-old made about $10 million, including bonuses, in his previous deal. Goodell took a $1 salary during the lockout. No terms were disclosed for the new contract. TIM LINCECUM
San Francisco Giants reached a verbal agreement on a two-year contract worth $40.5 million. The two-time Cy Young Award winner will make $18 million this year, and in 2013, he is set to earn $22 million. Lincecum previously asked for a near-record $21.5 million in salary arbitration, and the Giants offered $17 million. San Francisco’s offer was the highest in arbitration histor y, topping the New York Yankees’ 2001 offer of $14.25 million to Derek Jeter. The Giants also look to lock up Matt Cain before the final season of his contract begins, according to Yahoo Sports.
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Flanked by his parents, three-star offensive tackle Ryan Brodie dons a Rutgers hat as he announces his verbal commitment to the Scarlet Knights yesterday in a ceremony at Long Branch High School. Brodie also considered Connecticut as one of two finalists.
RUTGERS: Staff alters offensive lineman recruiting continued from back not going there to let myself redshirt.” Brodie will compete for a spot on an offensive line that has arguably the best depth since before 2010, when it allowed a national-worst 61 sacks. It led the staff to re-evaluate its recruiting in the trenches, and it made the position a priority in this recruiting class. With five incoming freshmen on board and a three-year starter at
Maryland already enrolled, the focus worked. “They stressed that on me,” Brodie said. Brodie’s commitment came two days after four-star tackle J.J. Denman announced he would flip his commitment from Wisconsin to Rutgers. The pair knew each other from the camp circuit, then spent time together in early January at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. Denman was committed to the Badgers at the time and Brodie still considered Connecticut his other finalist, but that did not stop them from discussing the potential to play together in Piscataway.
That potential stared them in the face this weekend, when they officially visited along with fourstar U.S. Army All-American tackle Chris Muller and three-star center Brandon Arcidiacono, both summer commits. Only Washington, D.C., commit Derrick Nelson was absent. “I’ve known those guys forever, and now that we’re all going to Rutgers, it’s that much more special,” Brodie said. “I think we’re going to be one of the best lines in the country. What Rutgers does, they play the best five guys. Regardless of what position we’re playing, I think we’re all going to be on the field.”
Brodie is the second Long Branch recruit to commit to Rutgers in as many years, joining wide receiver Miles Shuler, who quarterbacked the Green Wave. Shuler ranked second in the state among recruits behind Savon Huggins, who also committed, setting off a trend of the New Jersey’s best recruits staying in-state. “It’s becoming a school of choice now,” Brodie said. “You have kids with offers from everywhere, but they feel comfortable going [to Rutgers]. [Shuler], Savon, ever yone — if they’re going to stay home, I should too. It’s exciting.”
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DePaul press, Rutgers mistakes create sloppy affair at RAC BY VINNIE MANCUSO CORRESPONDENT
large part of the Knights’ seven first-half turnovers. While Biruta did come back in shortly after ward, he found himself back on the bench just as quickly, totaling only six minutes of play in the first half. “A lot of my foul trouble is because of me being out of control on offense,” Biruta said. “I’ll keep getting offensive fouls if I keep being out of control.” In the second half, Biruta fired back and ended the game with nine points and seven rebounds. It was not the first time Biruta found himself in foul trouble. The for ward fouled out in the second half of the Knights’ 52-50 loss to Georgetown.
The Rutgers men’s basketball team’s matchup against DePaul last night at the KNIGHT L o u i s Brown NOTEBOOK Athletic Center can be characterized by three words: sloppy game play. Many of the turnovers can be attributed to DePaul’s patented press, which they showed the Scarlet Knights throughout the game. Another large chunk of it, according to head coach Mike Rice, was the Knights causing their own problems. “We struggled with getting in our own way a lot of the THE FIRST HALF LOOKED like night,” Rice said. a two-man show “A lot of not havwhen it came to ing solid possesRutgers’ of fense, sion of as Seagears and the basketball.” fellow freshman While the Myles Mack comKnights appeared bined for 20 of the to get a handle on Knights’ 29 firstENRICO CABREDO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER things in the sechalf points. ond quar ter, it Seagears found Freshman guard Jerome Seagears, above, sparked the Rutgers offense early and finished with was the Blue himself off to a hot 14 points, but sophomore forward Gilvydas Biruta quickly found himself on the bench. Demon defense start, notching 10 that proved to be of his 12 first-half Rutgers’ downfall. points in the first A takeaway 10 minutes of the with less than 10 game, including a JEROME SEAGEARS seconds on the rainbow from far Freshman Guard clock led to a 67beyond the 3-point 62 DePaul lead. line as the shot Despite the Knights’ ef for ts, clock expired. they could not make up the Seagears noted that while deficit en route to the DePaul adjusted to the two domi69-64 defeat. nant scorers in the second half, “[DePaul] just sort of went Seagears and Mack did not adjust on a r un and we didn’t to the Blue Demons. respond,” said freshman “They changed the defense and Jerome Seagears. “We couldn’t just picked up on us,” he said. “We score when we needed to.” didn’t do a good job of changing the way we scored.”
“[DePaul] just sort of went on a run and we didn’t respond. We couldn’t score when we needed to.”
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the paint is centered around Gilvydas Bir uta, and last night’s DePaul matchup had the numbers to prove it. Biruta found himself on the bench within the first five minutes of the game after committing his second foul. Without the 6-foot-8 sophomore, the Knights put up paltry scoring numbers and registered just one offensive rebound in the first half. Rutgers’ lack of a solid ball-handler in the front-court without Biruta was a IN
unable to defeat DePaul last night at the RAC, they were not able to dominate the scoring against their bottom-ranked opponents like other teams have. The Knights 64 points fell almost 20 shy of the average 83.3 points against the Blue Devils. A statistic the Knights came close to reaching was the 17.6 forced turnovers average against DePaul. Rutgers caused 15 Blue Demon turnovers. JENNIFER MIGUEL-HELLMAN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Junior returns in time for Metropolitan Champs BY ANTHONY RODRIGUEZ CONTRIBUTING WRITER
The Rutgers women’s track and field team will compete in the Metropolitan Championships today WOMEN’S TRACK a n d tomorRUTGERS AT row in METRO CHAMPS t h e TODAY, TOMORROW Bronx. The Knights won the Metropolitan Championships outdoor competition last season. They now have the opportunity and motivation to defend their title entering the event. But Rutgers has not won the Metropolitan Championships indoor title since 2010, something the team looks to change.
The Knights start off the competition by competing in the multi-event and the pole vault. They will compete in a total of five events today before continuing the competition tomorrow. “The Metropolitan conference is local,” said head coach James Robinson. “We use this competition as a stepping stone to see how the kids respond to the pressure of scoring points in order to get a glimpse on where our team stands and where we need to improve as we progress towards the Big East Championships.” The Metropolitan Championships will feature 17 teams, so winning the competition for the Knights is a huge step forward and something they can build on as the season progresses.
Sophomores Ashley Deckert and Brianna Deming, senior Nwamaka Okobi and junior Asha Ruth will lead the Knights and hope to continue their standout progress. The upcom-
ASHA RUTH ing schedule for Rutgers becomes crucial, as every passing day it gets closer to the Big East competition.
Robinson singled out Ruth as someone he expects to see perform well in the Metropolitan Championships. Ruth will compete in the 60- and 200-meter races, the long jump and the 4x400-meter relay. “She is a real good athlete,” Robinson said. “She has been competing great so far this season.” Ruth was out the last two weeks due to an injur y. The team decided it was best to err on the side of caution, keeping Ruth on the bench and avoiding further injur y. Not having her compete is a big loss to the team, and the Knights are optimistic about her return. “I am looking forward to seeing her compete this weekend,” Robinson said.
After the Metropolitan Championships, the Knights return to the Bronx next week to compete in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. Spending so much time in the Bronx — par ticularly the New York Armor y track — should benefit the Knights moving forward. The Armory will host the Big East Championships, where Rutgers set its preseason goal of a top-10 finish. Before the Knights can accomplish that goal, in the next couple of weeks they look to keep improving. The Knights are entering the brunt of their schedule and plan to kick it into high gear at the Metropolitan Championships.
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State’s top offensive lineman joins already strong recruiting class
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LONG BRANCH, N.J. — Ryan Brodie first started hanging around the Rutgers campus after his freshman year at Long Branch High FOOTBALL School. Then the Rutgers football coaching staf f star ted making the of fensive tackle a priority when he was a sophomore. And Brodie knew the time paid off about two weeks ago, calling head coach Greg Schiano to tell him he wanted to commit to the Scarlet Knights. Brodie announced the news yesterday at his high school, becoming the fifth offensive lineman in the class and the second to commit this week. “I could be their go-to guy,” Brodie said. “They told me that, and I believed it, and I still do. I think me being a half-hour away from Rutgers helps a lot. I can get RYAN up there twice a week BRODIE after Signing Day to work out. I’m getting ready for that.” The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Brodie wants to make an immediate impact on the Knights’ offensive line. As New Jersey’s top-ranked offensive lineman, he has the potential. His commitment becomes official Wednesday, when he can sign his National Letter of Intent and begin using Rutgers’ facilities and learning the playbook. Brodie spent last weekend on campus for an official visit, where freshman right tackle Kaleb Johnson hosted him. The Freshman All-American knows firsthand what it takes to make an impact on the line as a rookie, and he relayed that information to Brodie. “Being physically ready won’t be the issue there,” Brodie said. “For me to tr y to play next year, I have to get ahead of the game. If I redshirt, I redshirt, but I’m
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DePaul forward Cleveland Melvin screams as he finishes a second-half dunk at the RAC, where he scored 14 points to help the Blue Demons rally and beat Rutgers.
Mike Rice pumped his fist, clapped his hands and grabbed his whiteboard from an assistant. Ten minutes still remained in the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s contest last night against MEN’S BASKETBALL DePaul, yet the DEPAUL 69 head coach started to breathe easier. RUTGERS 64 But then the Blue Demons stated their case. The Scarlet Knights’ cushion became a 1-point deficit. A timeout stopped the clock, but this time it was Rice’s doing — and not that of Blue Demon head coach Oliver Purnell. Rice grabbed for the same whiteboard, but not with the conviction he earlier showed. DePaul ultimately escaped the Louis Brown Athletic Center last night with a 69-64 win, overcoming an 11-point hole, in a showing with more follies than highlights. “Our guys apparently were surprised when DePaul came back,” Rice said. “It was a very disappointing last eight minutes of the game. Not many positives came out of last night.” The Blue Demons could leave satisfied. The Knights simply left without many answers. They found one in freshman point guard Myles Mack, who scored a game-high 22 points. But a corner 3-pointer while Rutgers was trailing by 2 in the closing moments did not fall. “I just thought to myself that I was going to make it,” Mack said. “I shot it, and I thought it was going in. It just hit the back of the rim on the side.” One of the Big East’s youngest rosters looked the part against DePaul (11-9, 2-6), whose league-worst conference defense kept the matchup close. The Knights (11-10, 3-5) flirted with a double-digit lead for the final fourth of the game, but they rarely played like it. And they quickly found it disappeared. They moved the ball, but the ball never went anywhere. They tried the post, but sophomore forward Gilyvdas Biruta suffered through early foul trouble. They struggled, and they lost.
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Knights welcome Fordham, Rider to Piscataway BY BRADLY DERECHAILO CORRESPONDENT
The Rutgers swimming and diving team knows this time is crucial for it to experience success against the best from their conference, with less than two SWIMMING & DIVING weeks remaining FORDHAM AT until the Big East Championships. RUTGERS, The Scarlet SATURDAY, 10 A.M. Knights get their final competitive test Saturday, when they host Fordham and Rider at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center. Head coach Phil Spiniello sees the two opponents as his program’s final oppor tunity to experience challenging head-to-head competition before the league championships. “This is our last regular season head-tohead competition,” Spiniello said. “Both Fordham and Rider are very good programs, so we have our work cut out for us.” While the meet is the last regular season competition for the Knights, it is also
the final hurrah for the team’s seniors. There will be a 10-minute recognition ceremony for the departing class before competition begins, as Spiniello plans on saying a few words for each swimmer. “It’s our senior meet and senior day, so we want to come out on top,” Spiniello said. “I think we’re focused and ready to go, and we want to recognize our seniors well at home.” Coming out on top will be another tall order for the Knights. Fordham won the Atlantic-10 two years ago and did something Rutgers could not: beat Richmond. The Rams feature recent Atlantic-10 Swimming and Diving “Performer of the Week” Andrea Krok, who earned the recognition after last weekend’s performance. The senior captured three of four diving events, including a school record in the 3-meter dive. Rider arrives in Piscataway with a twomatch winning streak, including a 178-110 victory last Saturday over Fairfield.
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Sophomore diver Nicole Scott looks to continue her winning ways this weekend. She won both the 1- and 3-meter dives in Saturday’s loss to Richmond.